Adding your own special spin on tradition can be an exciting and creative way to make your wedding both personal and unique. Having a barnyard wedding with your bridesmaids dressed as cowgirls? Terrific! Wearing a rainbow wedding dress for your whimsical wedding? Fantastic! It’s okay to break tradition as long as you do so in a tasteful way. However, the one thing that should never change is showing your guests some common courtesy. Find five (5) tips for being a great host below!
Inviting someone older? Don’t force your 85-year old grandmother to ascend 5 staircases with her walker. Make sure your venue is easily accessible for all. Is the wedding outdoors? Think about renting or borrowing a golf cart or similar vehicle to transport guests. Weddings should be handicap accessible, especially if you know a select few guests will have trouble navigating certain terrains. Clearly indicate possible hazards; if you’re outside you can rope off certain areas like briars or sudden dips in the path. Use ribbon, twine, or even garlands linked to posts to create a practical, pretty, and affordable barrier.
If there is a chance of rain or heavy sun think about renting a tent to shield guests from the harsher elements. Parasols are also cute favors they’ll be able to use and take home after the event.
Keep it Short
Your wedding is about you and your partner’s love for each other, obviously. Don’t make guests sit through painfully long vows and proclamations of your love. You’ll have the rest of your life to show how much they mean to you on a much more personal level! Keep your ceremony and toasts concise. You’ll have more time to party if you keep things light and don’t recount all the times they were there for you over the past five years.
Sitting in silence during a ceremony is usually a must whether your event is big or small. If you’re having a reception or dinner after a ceremony don’t keep your guests waiting. We recommend keeping the waiting time to less than an hour. Offering a cocktail hour is a great way for guests to mingle and loosen up beforehand. Too expensive? Try an open bar where guests pay for their own drinks. Drag the waiting on too long and guests may decide to leave before the party starts, or start getting hangry. Nobody wants to deal with hangry people on their big day.
Be a Proper Host
Greet attendees in a polite, courteous manner, even if you don’t know them! These people showed up for you! Acknowledge everyone present by going around to different tables or at least giving a brief hello to people as you pass.
If you’re throwing a large, grandiose wedding it may be impossible to give each guest the individual attention deserved. Instead, try splitting up the room with you and your significant other. Just going around to a table and asking if they’re enjoying themselves only takes a minute or two and shows your guests you appreciate them taking time out of their day to attend. Catching guests as they leave can also be a great way to show you care. If they’re leaving they probably won’t stay too long to chat anyways.
Keep it Classy
Weddings are a time of joviality, a time to cut loose and celebrate–just don’t cut too loose. It’s easy to get ahead of yourself and have a few too many. Make sure you don’t go overboard. Getting trashed at your own wedding won’t make a good impression on your guests. Worse, you probably won’t remember your special day which you paid hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on. Get it out of your system at the bachelorette/bachelor party so you don’t wind up telling Aunt MaryAnn too many details about what you and your husband have in store for the honeymoon.
While you can’t plan for everything that will happen during your special event, you can try and be prepared. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way!